HEAT is a multichannel video installation that casts light on the controversial nature of Iceland’s acclaimed green energy industry, with emphasis on environmental impact.
The rapid changing and repetition of video cuts is suggestive of the speed at which the renewable energy industry is developing, while extraction from the landscape continues. Geothermal and hydroelectric plants largely provide energy to internationally owned aluminium and silicon smelters and factories. The media reports that one such company, American-based Alcoa, has great influence in the government’s decisions regarding the price of energy and even the locations of new plants. As a consequence, vast parts of the Icelandic highlands and previously untouched wilderness areas, habitats of reindeer and ground nesting birds, are being destroyed. Equally disturbing is the fact that Alcoa is a supplier to the international defense industry, thus independent Iceland’s green energy industry fuels war around the globe.
material: 4:3 pal video, 4:30 min, no sound
(WARNING: potential epileptic seizure)
director, DoP, color grading and editing: Kim Bode
available on mini-dv cassette, edition of 5 + 2 AP